Posts Tagged ‘seven spirits of God’

The Counsel of the Lord

October 10, 2014

Proverbs 19--21

The Verse of the Day for October 10, 2014 comes from Proverbs 19:20-21 (KJV):

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

We find a similar reminder related to the counsel of the Lord in Isaiah 46:9-10:

Remember the former things of old: for I am God and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

In Isaiah 11:2 and elsewhere in the Bible we find a reference to the Seven Spirits of God, one of which is the “the spirit of counsel”:

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,

the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge

and of the fear of the LORD;

Apostle Eric L. Warren’s most enlightening book The Seven Spirits of God: Learning to Walk in the Dominion and Authority of Christ provides an in-depth discussion of this vitally important and relevant concept.

In reflecting on this particular aspect of the seven spirits of God, the spirit of counsel, I was inspired to write this poem:                                          

The Counsel of the Lord

The counsel of the LORD stands for ever,

the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Psalm 33:11 KJV

 

As your will unfolds in splendid epiphany

And you speak life, open my ears that I might hear.

I seek guidance for the days ahead; draw me near,

Provide clear direction for the paths before me.

Advise and counsel me to help others to see

That to walk in perfect love is to cast out fear,

To follow the precepts of all that you hold dear.

I will make known your purpose and boldly declare

The truth and seek wise counsel that I might fulfill

My commitment to serve each day as I prepare

The way of Lord, centered in your perfect will.

Though I am beset by trials on every hand,

I will abide in your presence, yielded and still:

The counsel of the Lord forevermore shall stand.

 

The hymn, “Behold, Our God” makes reference to the counsel of the God, the topic of the Verse of the Day:

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 15

June 1, 2013
This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading about and reflecting upon wisdom as revealed in the Book of Proverbs. Often I begin my day with such a period of meditation and reflection, which often results in a poetic expression that I incorporate into a blog entry for that day. In a number of the poems posted over the past two weeks there have been references, not just to “wisdom” per se, but to the “spirit of wisdom” which is a specific aspect of the “seven spirits of God,” spoken of in Isaiah 11:2 and elsewhere in the Bible.  Apostle Eric L. Warren’s most enlightening book The Seven Spirits of God: Learning to Walk in the Dominion and Authority of Christ provides an in-depth discussion of this vitally important and relevant concept.

One of the seven spirits mentioned in Isaiah 11:2 is the Spirit of Wisdom which has been mentioned in this series on wisdom.

One of the seven spirits mentioned in Isaiah 11:2 is the Spirit of Wisdom which has been mentioned in this series on wisdom.

The poem posted on Day 11 of the “Words of Wisdom” series examined “My True Identity,” a fundamental part of which relates to looking at myself spiritually in a new way, as I apply my heart unto wisdom, using the “Seven Spirits of God” in this manner:

The Seven Spirits of God: This Seven-fold Template

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him,

the spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge

and of the fear of the LORD;

Isaiah 11:2

 

As my teacher, clearly show me how I relate

To the Seven Spirits of God revealed in Your Word,

As I place my life against this seven-fold template:

From dark chaos I call forth the Spirit of the Lord;

With creative insight from the Spirit of Wisdom

And the Spirit of Knowledge I am eager to learn

Of the unfolding fullness of the coming Kingdom;

Impart understanding that I might also discern,

As You enlighten my eyes and teach my hands to fight,

To win in spiritual warfare of the highest degree,

To be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might,

To walk in dominion, knowing Christ’s authority,

As the Spirit of Counsel offers advice, gives consent;

To know the fear of the Lord is ever to revere

And finish my course, my God-given assignment:

To abide in God’s awesome presence in meekness and fear.

Isaiah_11-2

 

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise” from Proverbs

May 5, 2013
This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is the first in a series featuring “a daily dose of words to the wise, poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.”

Recently Dennis Cramer, widely recognized and sought-after prophet, ministered at Equip U Ministries in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Prior to his time of ministry, his wife Diane offered a word of exhortation, as she talked about wisdom as a kind of golden thread that is woven throughout the Book of Proverbs. She mentioned that the 31 chapters of Solomon’s advice to his son and to all who would desire to walk as the wise provide a daily source for seeking and applying the principles of wisdom in our lives. In following her exhortation, I plan to place on the shelves of “Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe” a “Word of Wisdom” each day, as “a daily dose of words to the wise poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.”

Most remarkably the message delivered by Apostle Eric Warren on the previous Sunday related to the “Spirit of Wisdom,” one of the “Seven Spirits of God,” the subject of his published book on a topic of vital importance to the Body of Christ. After reviewing my notes, as is sometimes the case, I was inspired to write a poem that captures the essence of the messages that I listen to, as I endeavor to apply to the Word of the Lord to my life. Among the passages discussed in the teaching was a section from Proverbs 8, the inspiration, in part, for “Wisdom Calls after Me.” I am reposting the poem which was part of the blog entry “Pursuing and being pursued: reflecting on wisdom”:

Wisdom Calls after Me

Listen as Wisdom calls out!
Hear as understanding raises her voice!

 Proverbs 8:1[New Living Testament]

 

“Wisdom is trying to get your attention!
Understanding is screaming at you!”

Apostle Eric L. Warren

To follow Christ, I must ascend to the mountain top.

As I seek to walk in his steps, where must I begin?

Despite all obstacles that impede my progress, I will not stop.

A bold lover is relentless, as he seeks to win

His beloved’s affection, so I also pursue

Wisdom, first of all, for it is the principal thing.

The seven spirits anoint all that I say and do:

God’s good pleasure is to rejoice over me and sing.

With the fear of the Lord, here is where wisdom starts.

The spirit of the Lord in fullness shall rest upon me,

For God alone has placed wisdom in my inward parts

To enlighten my understanding and help me see:

A lover woos his beloved, calling her name;

Likewise, wisdom calls after me and does the same.

This poem is the first of daily doses of “Words of Wisdom,” more “good medicine” placed on the shelves of “Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe.”

apothecary shelves

Pursuing and being pursued: Reflecting on wisdom

April 30, 2013
Recently I heard this verse, and it profoundly touched me, as if hearing it for the very first time.

Recently I heard this verse, and it profoundly touched me, as if hearing it for the very first time.

A most amazing experience occurred a few years ago when I began teaching as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University at its teaching center in Hilliard, Ohio. The main campus is located in Marion, Indiana, the home of my college roommate from Purdue University, Art Faulkner, whom I had not seen in almost forty years. I thought about contacting Art and his wife Rita and letting them know that I was now teaching at the IWU campus in Ohio. Several months after thinking about the Faulkners, I received a call from Gary Anderson, a dear friend and fellow minister in Chicago, asking if I knew someone who had called him because this person had heard a teaching that I did for Gary and wanted to have my telephone number. Gary called and asked if I knew Rita Faulkner who wanted to contact me. I was amazed that just as I was thinking about Art and Rita, they were thinking about me.

Perhaps even more amazing are the circumstances that unfolded the following week when I met the Faulkner’s son, Arthur Faulkner II, when we were both judges at a science fair at Sonshine Christian Academy where we both had mutual acquaintances. As it turned out, the Faulkners’ son lived in Hilliard, and when Art and Rita had visited him, they saw the logo of Indiana Wesleyan University on the building where the teaching center is located. They, of course, had no idea that I was connected with the University.

When we finally talked, I informed that I had been thinking about them and wanting to make contact at the same time that they had been thinking about me and wanting to reconnect with me. We have talked and corresponded by email sporadically, and we had a chance to talk face-to-face when they showed up for a surprise celebration that my wife planned in celebration of my 70th birthday. What a joyful reunion it turned out to be.

That delightful series of circumstances brought to mind a message that Apostle Eric Warren recently shared with the congregation at Equip U Ministries. In discussing the Spirit of Wisdom, which is one of the seven spirits spoken of in Isaiah 11:2, he expounded upon the Spirit of Wisdom in Proverbs 8. Apostle Warren’s book The Seven Spirits of God offers a much more detailed discussion of this often overlooked aspect of our identity as believers. As he touched upon the various attributes of the Spirit of Wisdom, I realized that just as we are encouraged to cry out for and to pursue with passion, wisdom, so likewise, wisdom is calling out for and pursuing those who are seeking her.

The teaching inspired the following poem which attempts to express the essence of the life-changing message that I heard:

Wisdom Calls after Me

Listen as Wisdom calls out!
Hear as understanding raises her voice!

Proverbs 8:1[New Living Testament]

 

“Wisdom is trying to get your attention!
Understanding is screaming at you!”

 Apostle Eric L. Warren

 

To follow Christ, I must ascend to the mountain top.

As I seek to walk in his steps, where must I begin?

Despite all obstacles that impede my progress, I will not stop.

A bold lover is relentless, as he seeks to win

His beloved’s affection, so I also pursue

Wisdom, first of all, for it is the principal thing.

The seven spirits anoint all that I say and do:

God’s good pleasure is to rejoice over me and sing.

With the fear of the Lord, here is where wisdom starts.

The spirit of the Lord in fullness shall rest upon me,

For God alone has placed wisdom in my inward parts

To enlighten my understanding and help me see:

A lover woos his beloved, calling her name;

Likewise, wisdom calls after me and does the same.

In reflecting on the newly penned poem, I also thought of my experience with Art and Rita, all of which reinforced the message that I heard, as the Word of God was quickened within me in a most dramatic manner.